Jamaica celebrated the launch of Swoop’s new non-stop service from Toronto to Kingston with a special welcome reception at Norman Manley International Airport on Wednesday (Dec. 8).
Passengers and crew on the airline’s inaugural Kingston flight were greeted by senior government officials and representatives from Jamaica’s tourism sector, including Peter Mullings, Acting Deputy Director of Tourism, Marketing; Joy Roberts, Executive Director, Jamaica Vacations Limited (JAMVAC); Her Excellency Emina Tudakovic, Canadian High Commissioner to Jamaica; Camille Needham, Executive Director, Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association; and Dale Davis, Director of Operations and Maintenance, PAC Kingston Airport (PACKAL).
“Now more than ever before, tourism is about relationships and Destination Jamaica is committed to strengthening the strategic partnerships that provide the foundation for a successful tourism sector,” said Hon. Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism, Jamaica. “We are grateful for Swoop’s continued support and confidence in the destination and Jamaica is committed to delivering the highest levels of health and safety for all our Canadian visitors.”
The launch of Swoop’s route marks a major milestone for both the airline and the destination.
Swoop will operate the twice-weekly service out of Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, making it easier for Canadians to access Kingston, Jamaica’s cultural capital.
The service is projected to bring approximately 7,500 passengers to the destination over the upcoming Winter 2021-22 season.
“Jamaica continues to enhance and expand Kingston’s distinct tourism offerings. We invite Canadian visitors to discover the city’s exciting urban attractions, explore the scenic natural beauty of the region, and enjoy the unique energy and vibrant people of Jamaica’s capital," said Donovan White, director of tourism.
"Jamaica is proud to strengthen and expand our strong alliance with one of Canada’s premier low-fare airlines, and we look forward to welcoming hundreds of new passengers into Jamaica’s capital each week,” added Angella Bennett, regional director, Canada, Jamaica Tourist Board. “This new flight service provides our Jamaican Diaspora community with increased opportunities to come home, and will encourage Canadian travellers to discover and explore the island’s exciting cultural centre.”
Since reopening to tourism in June 2020, Jamaica has offered enhanced health and safety protocols at all major hotels, resorts and attractions and island-wide PCR testing services.